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Small Things MAG

April 1, 2012
By mariahollis GOLD, Plainsboro, New Jersey
mariahollis GOLD, Plainsboro, New Jersey
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You know how you feel when you reach the last page
of the last chapter
of your favorite book?
Suddenly you're drained and empty and can't remember
what you used to do with your time.
It takes weeks to wash the taste of an ending from your mouth.
And that strange horrible hollowness hides under your skin and bobs,
to the surface,
when you let your mind wander.

I used to think there was a tea kettle in my chest
and I could feel it whistle,
steam shooting out and piping through my capillaries
until it curled like a dog around my heart.
But only sometimes.
When I sat in the blue-green night while the house slept,
or when dust motes floated, as unconcerned and serene as the galaxies above us,
or when I saw places so vivid in my mind's eye I firmly believed they existed,
they had to.

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Kat1712 GOLD said...
on Dec. 14 2012 at 10:34 pm
Kat1712 GOLD, Rockwall, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
Inspiration is something that starts with someone else's story, ends with your own, and has a blurry line in between.

You. Are. Perfect.

on Nov. 3 2012 at 9:42 pm
Sarah_Oso SILVER, Peachtree City, Georgia
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Favorite Quote:
Live not for the-end-of-the-song. Live in the along.
(G. Brooks)

I love it! And you capture that feeling so well.

on Apr. 4 2012 at 4:17 pm
AubreyJordan PLATINUM, Flagstaff, Arizona
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Wow this is really great!  I'm ridiculously addicted to reading, too. Finishing a great book really does leave a huge void in your life.

I feel like I finally GET poetry now. Thanks :)